Rethinking Bitterness In Dry-Hopped (Hazy) Beers

Dry hopping does weirder things to beer than we thought. While conventional logic—and all existing software models for calculating theoretical IBUs in beer—say that IBUs can only be generated on the hot side of brewing (since alpha acids can only be isomerized by heat), brewers have long suspected that dry hopping can, indeed, make an impact on the perception of bitterness. Last year, Stan Hieronymus wrote in the August-September 2017 issue of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® about evolving research into IBUs and the strange… Read More »

Noble Hops Cheat Sheet

  Wine enthusiasts understand the concept of terroir, the idea that the area in which a grape is grown is as important as the grape variety itself. It’s why Malbec does so well in Argentina and Sauvignon Blanc thrives in New Zealand. A New Zealand-grown Malbec may still taste great, but it won’t be the same as South American examples. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same principles apply to hops. Noble hops are classic European varieties that are responsible for the signature flavors of pilsner and… Read More »

Flavor Components in Beer

  A beer’s flavor profile is determined by that particular beer’s combination of carbonation, hops, malt, water and yeast. The varying aspects of the brewing process and the brewer’s personal touches and the final notes make each craft beer unique. The process of identifying flavors in craft beer can be quite a challenge. Every palate will smell, taste and react somewhat differently to the same flavors. But by taking the time to develop a descriptive vocabulary, you’ll find reference points that will make the language… Read More »

The Top Hops, According to New Survey from the Brewers Association

Good news, hop heads: the Brewers Association just released its annual Hop Survey. Along with a wealth of other data, the annual survey includes a year-over-year “Top 10 Hop Production Ranking.” The results? Well, they are surprisingly similar in form to that other familiar fall ranking: the College Football Top 25. For the eighth year in a row (i.e., every year the survey has been in existence), Cascade and Centennial hops are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. These perennial favorites are the Alabama and… Read More »

Hopback vs. Knockout Hops

Late addition hops are a crucial element of today’s IPA as brewers strive to capture more hops aroma and flavor without adding bitterness. But English breweries (and some brewers inspired by English brewing practices) have been using the hopback technique for ages, running wort from the kettle through a container filled with whole leaf hops. Devices (such as the Blichmann Engineering HopRocket) are now available to homebrewers, so we asked Taylor Caron to test how this technique compares to late kettle hops additions. The Setup… Read More »
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DIY: Hops Dryer

Brewing with homegrown hops is as satisfying as cooking with food from your own garden. But while zucchini and tomatoes can go straight from harvest to kitchen, hops need to take a quick detour to be dried first. It’s true that you can skip the drying process if you’re making a wet-hopped beer, but once your hops take off and you have a big crop, you’ll likely surpass what you can use in a short time. Fresh hops start out with a water content of… Read More »

Hops: Homegrown For Homebrew

One of the most approachable beer ingredients a homebrewer can tackle is homegrown hops. Sure, yeast wrangling is a fun, nerdy challenge, but chances are, the wild bugs will produce something that reminds you more of a used diaper than Cantillon. And yes, wheat and barley grow all over, but even the most stewarded of plots in a typical homebrewer’s backyard will produce barely enough for the nanoest of nano batches (not to mention, the need for home malting). Hops is a weed and relatively… Read More »

Bitter Beer Do’s and Dont’s

Few issues get a beer geek prepared to speak your ear off than name-dropping a bitter beer or two. Bitter beers are extra of a definite continent on Planet Beer than a mode as there are a lot of types of bitter and/or wild ales.  It’s a world numerous homebrewers need to dive into, but additionally one they might discover a bit of intimidating. Between unusual microbes, prolonged fermentation occasions, the chance of contaminating your tools you’d be forgiven for pondering that brewing sours is… Read More »

Utilizing Hop Extracts for Beer Brewing

Hop extracts have the potential to revolutionize many elements of each industrial and residential brewing. Whereas bittering extracts have been used for a few years by giant industrial brewers, we at the moment are seeing a brand new era of hop extracts coming into the craft and residential brewing markets. Varieties of Hop Extracts Hop extract sometimes consists of concentrated hop oils. The primary hop extracts centered round concentrating and preserving alpha acids – as these present the majority of the bitterness in beer. By… Read More »

Tea for Brew: Utilizing Hops Tea Submit-Fermentation

Hops are a key aspect to the speculation that the universe desires us to have beer: their bitterness enhances and balances the sweetness of the malt, they add a world of fragrant complexity, and so they even have antibiotic qualities that defend the beer from spoiling. Hops could also be fairly versatile, however much more spectacular is the myriad methods individuals have built-in them into the brewing course of, all within the curiosity of teasing out the nuances of that key ingredient. Each starting brewer… Read More »

Utilizing Contemporary Moist Hops in Dwelling Brewed Beer

Moist hops are hops which might be freshly harvested and haven’t but been dried or processed. These can be utilized for dwelling brewing beer, however you want to make some changes to your recipe and expectations when utilizing moist hops. Moist Hops A while in the past I wrote an article on the growing hops in the garden. Once you harvest your hop cones you sometimes will dry them proper after harvesting to protect them. All the hops you purchase out of your native brew… Read More »

Three Methods to Dry Hop

Hops which are steeped in beer between fermentation and packaging are referred to as dry hops, though they do really get moist within the course of. A time period comparable to conditioning hops or secondary hops could be extra descriptive, however we proceed to explain them as dry for a similar motive that we proceed to name a 1½” x 3½” piece of lumber a 2-by-Four: It’s custom. Dry hopping your homebrew is a wonderful strategy to introduce contemporary hops aroma to any fashion, however… Read More »

Storing and Preserving Your Beer Elements

Contemporary components are essential for brewing nice beer, however for those who purchase brewing components in bulk it’s also possible to lower your expenses. So this week we check out easy methods to retailer and protect your hops, grains, yeast and malt extract for brewing nice beer. After I first began brewing I purchased one package at a time and brewed it. Nonetheless as soon as I began brewing extra and finally made the shift to all grain brewing I rapidly discovered that purchasing in… Read More »

Hop hop, wat is een IPA ?

We kunnen er niet genoeg van krijgen, in de volksmond wordt het (erg) bitter bier genoemd, de markt wordt overspoelt met bieren die op Engelse/Amerikaanse wijze gehopt zijn. Wat maakt dit speciale bier zo gewild en zorgt voor een Cascade achtige ontwikkeling in de toepassing van pittige aromatische hop rassen. Deze bierstijl ooit ontwikkeld voor het langdurig transport over zee naar het oosten (India) werd extra zwaar gehopt om bederf tegen te gaan. Eerst het water opmaken dan pas aan het bier. Bekend was het… Read More »